Ledbetter Says Visit Was First Class

Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College defensive end Jeremiah Ledbetter has been committed to Oklahoma State since June, but he hadn't really had a chance to make his way back to Stillwater to check out a game until Saturday's showdown with then No. 3 Baylor.

Hutch stayed really busy this season earning its way to the Jayhawk Conference championship game before losing a close battle 24-21 to Butler County. In the semifinal against Dodge City, Ledbetter had nine tackles, a sack and an interception.

He gets a chance to add some numbers when 18th-ranked Hutchinson plays in a bowl game at home in the Salt City Bowl on Dec. 7 against Dakota-Bottineau.

That left this weekend clear for the 6-3 1/2, 265-pound Ledbetter to make an official visit for the Cowboys 49-17 win over Baylor.

"The game atmosphere and the crowd and the fans, that was really what I was able to see that I didn't when I was there before," said Ledbetter when asked what stood out for him. "It was a good visit, a great experience."

Ledbetter, with one game left to play in junior college, has 70 total tackles, 27 unassisted, and 12 tackles for loss with five sacks. OSU defensive end Sam Wren, another former junior college defensive standout, was the player host for Ledbetter.

"It was first class all the way with transportation, where we stayed, and the food," added Ledbetter.

This week it is back to practice for Hutch, but Ledbetter said he will get to go home to Orlando, Fla., later this week for Thanksgiving, so he will thaw out a little. Then it's back to Hutchinson for the bowl and to finish up his academics as he is scheduled to start classes at OSU in January.

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